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Male HS student punches female teacher in head amid massive brawl she tried to break up; teacher hospitalized; student arrested for aggravated assault
Image source: WPVI-TV video screenshot, composite

Male HS student punches female teacher in head amid massive brawl she tried to break up; teacher hospitalized; student arrested for aggravated assault

A male student was caught on cellphone video punching a female teacher in the head amid a massive brawl at a suburban Philadelphia high school earlier this week. The teacher — who was trying to break up the multi-student fight — was hospitalized, and one student was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

What are the details?

The brawl took place at Norristown Area High School — about 45 minutes northwest of Philadelphia — just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, the Times Herald reported. West Norriton Township Police Chief Michael Kelly told the paper the fight took place on the school's second floor.

“A fight broke out, and a female teacher intervened, and while she was intervening, another male student struck her in the head,” Kelly said in a phone interview with MediaNews Group, according to the Times Herald.

Image source: WPVI-TV video screenshot, composite

An unblurred video circulating on social media shows a student kicking a teacher, who's lying on a hallway floor, and then punching her in the head. The teacher then grabs her head with both hands and curls up flush against a row of lockers.

The paper said the teacher was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Norristown Area School District Superintendent Christopher Dormer added to the Times Herald that the teacher was “evaluated and sent home the same day.”

No other injuries were reported, the paper said, but Kelly noted that the incident remains under investigation as law enforcement officials review video.

Student arrested

One student was arrested in connection with the brawl and charged with aggravated assault, WPVI-TV reported. Police haven't released the student's name because the student is a juvenile, the station added.

Dormer addressed the incident in a Wednesday letter to parents, saying, "[F]or the first time in all my years as superintendent, I chose to address the entire high school student body over the school's public address system ... all students involved in this incident are subject to the highest levels of school-based discipline, and we are working with local law enforcement to ensure appropriate criminal charges are applied," the station said.

The high school was closed to students Friday due to an unsubstantiated threat related to the brawl, WPVI said, after which some parents said they're concerned about sending their children to the school.

"You don't even want your kid to go to Norristown High, you know? It's getting to that," Norristown resident Tanea Cole told the station. She also told WPVI that the brawl was "disgusting" and that it's "sad that we got teachers coming to teach our kids, and they're getting beat up at school."

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